Port Louis Harbour (PLH) is the main port of the Republic of Mauritius. As the country’s primary maritime gateway, PLH plays a crucial role in the national economy. The port handles 99.5% of the country’s total volume of external trade, that is almost 7.5million tonnes of cargo annually. It is to be noted that there is a second port, Port Mathurin, in Rodrigues, which is an autonomous island forming part of the Republic of Mauritius. Rodrigues lies some 600 kilometres to the north east of Mauritius.
Owing to its strategic location in the Indian Ocean, PLH, which lies at the crossroads of key maritime routes linking Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe, has positioned itself as a regional shipping centre and transshipment hub for the region. The world’s leading liner companies operate regular scheduled services to Mauritius through their dedicated African and Indian Ocean services. Moreover, they also provide regular feeder services to the other ports of the region.
As from August 2017, the quay length at the Mauritius Container Terminal (MCT) has been increased to 800 metres and the facility can accommodate 2 large container vessels of about 360 metres each. With the deepening of the navigation channel from 14.5 metres to 16.5 metres, PLH is now one of the deepest ports in the South-West Indian Ocean, capable of handling container vessels with a draft of about 15.0 metres and a capacity of 13,000 TEUs. With the extension and upgrading of the MCT, the capacity of the terminal has been increased from 550,000 TEUs to around 1 million TEUs.
Top 10 reasons liners choose PLH:
Facilities at Mauritius Container Terminal
|Quay length (m)||800|
|Turning basin diameter (m)||450|
|Terminal area (H)||34.5|
|Container yard (H)||22.5|
|Max. depth at Chart Datum (m)||16.5|
14 Rubber-Tyred Gantry cranes
5 Post Panamax cranes
2 Super Post Panamax cranes
|MCT Container Capacity||Approximately 1 million TEUs|